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Mini Brandy Christmas Puddings

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About the bake

These little puds are truly festive delights. Mini puddings look very impressive and you can make this pudding recipe ahead and heat for 25 minutes on the day. They are also perfect as a Christmas gift, simply wrap the pudding in greaseproof paper then tie in a muslin square and add a sprig of holly with raffia for the festive look.

135Total Time
35Prep Time
1Bake Time
24Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan, gas mark 3). Line two x 12 hole muffin tins with paper muffin cases.

  2. Step 2:

    Put the butter and sugars into a bowl and cream together with a wooden spoon or hand held electric mix until smooth and fluffy. Add the lemon zest and juice and grated apple.

  3. Step 3:

    Mix in the eggs, (don’t worry if the mixture looks like it is curdling) along with the breadcrumbs, flour and mixed spice. Stir in the currants, raisins and prunes and finally pour in the brandy and ginger wine.

  4. Step 4:

    Give everything a final stir and ask any willing volunteers if they want a turn (then they can make a wish)

  5. Step 5:

    Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and smooth over the top.

  6. Step 6:

    Put a large sheet of foil under 2 roasting tins and half fill with boiling water. Rest the muffin trays on top, and cover with foil.

  7. Step 7:

    Bake for 1 hour, leave the puddings wrapped in their water bath for up to 1 hour more to cool.

  8. Step 8:

    Wrap puddings individually in foil and store in a cool dark place for up to 2 weeks. Warm through in the same way for 25 minutes when serving.

  9. Step 9:

    To serve, upturn the puddings onto the serving plate and top each one with a cranberry, if liked. Push in a few sterilised coins. Decorate with a sprig of holly and dust with icing sugar. To flambé, heat the booze gently in a small pan for 2 minutes until just warmed through. Light a taper, ladle the booze onto the pudding, wave the taper near the pudding, then stand well back.

Ingredients

    • 250g Butter (unsalted)
    • 100g Unrefined dark muscovado sugar
    • 75g Unrefined molasses sugar
    • 1 Lemon(s) (finely grated zest and juice)
    • 1 Apple(s) (grated)
    • 3 Egg(s) (free range) (lightly beaten)
    • 175g Breadcrumbs
    • 50g Self-raising white flour (sifted)
    • 1 tsp Mixed spice
    • 225g Currants
    • 225g Raisins
    • 175g Prunes (chopped)
    • 100ml Brandy
    • 100ml Ginger wine
    • 2 tbsp Unrefined golden icing sugar
    • 100g Brandy (or alcohol of choice)

Utensils

  • 2x 12 hole muffin tins
  • Large sheet of tin foil
  • 2 large roasting tins
  • 2x Small sterilised coins (optional)

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